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Continuing Podcast: 2 Peter, Jude, And Christian Apocalyptic

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 31, 2009

This is a direct continuation of the series on 2 Peter and Jude offered by St Irenaeus Ministries.  The description below is from the podcast site.  You can access the podcast here.

Apocalyptic literature refers to writings that reveal the hidden things of God. It is a new term, not one that apocalyptic writers applied to themselves, and there is some debate as to which works are apocalyptic and which are merely prophetic. It is found in canonical and extra-canonical writings of both the Old and New Testaments, mainly after the Babylonian Exile, usually in times of persecution, especially the time from 200BC to 200AD, and deals with the end times (eschatology).

Apocalyptic visions are dramatic and often wild and highly symbolic, and often mediated through an angel. There is no definitive list of apocalyptic literature, but commonly cited as examples are Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, Revelation, 2 Thessalonians, The Olivet Discourse (found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke), as well as the extra-canonical books of 1 and 2 Enoch, Jubilees, Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, 4 Esdras, 2 Baruch, The Testament of Abraham, and the Apocalypse of Abraham. The extra-canonical books are called pseudepigrapha (or falsely ascribed writings) to distinguish them from the deuterocanonical books sometimes called apocrypha by Protestants.

Apocalyptic eschatology differs from prophetic eschatology in a few ways, but one difference is that some see prophetic eschatology as more personal and more naturalistic, while apocalyptic eschatology is more obviously supernatural and deals with God breaking into history in cataclysmic ways coming from above. Others would note that even in prophetic eschatology, it is God’s will which the prophecy follows. Apocalypse is often less well-accepted into the mainstream than other prophecy, but none of these criteria should be viewed as absolute; there is much room for dispute.

Some believe these apocalyptic writings were composed in part to give an answer to why the pious were continuing to be persecuted and the end of prophecy. This is probably true of the pseudepigraphal works, though it must be clear that apocalyptic prophecy is given by God, and not brought down by man. There was a rise in apocalyptic writing in the 19th century in an attempt to understand why some Christian sects were becoming more liberal.

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Audio Lectures From Christendom College (Updated)

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 30, 2009

Christendom College has 28 lectures available via iTunes.  Titles for the year 2007 include~Conversion: Walking With God (49 min.); The Early Councils (in 5 lectures, between 55-65 min).  For the year 2008~The Angelic Doctor: An Introduction To The Thought Of St Thomas Aquinas (in 3 lectures, between 45-80 min); The Crusades (in 3 lectures, between 56-65 min).  For the year 2009~Spiritual Warfare (in 2 lectures, both about 55 min. long); The Protestant Revolution (in 3 lectures between 90 and 120 min).

I can’t link to them directly as they are only available on iTunes.  If you already have iTunes sinply click on the iTunes store and search for “Christendom College.”  If you don’t have iTunes you can subscribe via this Christendom College page.

There is an older podcast page which has the following lectures (Including some mentioned above):

The Devil Unchained: The Ten Deaths of Rasputin, by Warren Carroll.

Pope Benedict and the Future of the Catholic Church, by George Weigel.

Charles the V: The Man Who Saved Christendom, by Warren Carroll.

The Protestant Revolution, Not A Reformation, by Warren Carroll.

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Resources For Sunday Mass, August 30 (Both Forms of the Rite)

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 29, 2009

This post contains links to online video, audio, and text resources for this Sunday’s Mass according to both forms of the Rite.

Ordinary Time: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Readings.  New American Bible.

Sunday Gospel Scripture Study.  Video, 65 minutes.  Excellent!

Sunday Liturgy Reflection.  Video, 4 minutes.  Sets out the basic theme(s) of the readings.

Daily Word.  Contains biblical text and commentary from the Navarre Bible.

Daily Gospel.  This site gives the Mass readings for the day, a commentary on the Gospel (usually from a Saint), and a brief biography of a “Saint of the Day.”  The link I give will take you directly to the commentary for Sunday.  You can receive this resource daily via email.

Word-Sunday.  Contains the readings along with notes (this includes the Responsorial Psalm).  Other resources available on the home page.

Daily Scripture Reading & Meditation.  Click the date on the calender.

Extraordinary form: 13th Sunday After Pentecost.  Please note that the Scripture Readings in the EF differ from those used in the OF.

Instructions for the 13th Sunday After Pentecost.  Includes the Scripture readings followed by brief commentary and catechetical lessons.  Also includes Instructions On The Sacrament Of Holy Orders (pre-Vatican II, of course).

The Pulpit OratorContaining seven sermons.

Homily By St Augustine.  Prefaced with Gospel reading.

Aquinas’ Sermon Notes On The Epistle.  Excellent points for reflection, meditation, further study.

Aquinas’ Sermon Notes On The Gospel.  Scroll down page to find.

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The Beheading Of St John The Baptist

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 29, 2009

Michelangelo_Caravaggio_021Today we commemorate the beheading of St John the Baptist.

From the Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide (begin reading at verse 16).  Photo source.

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Bookmark: Understanding The Scripture & Transformed By Grace

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 28, 2009

All month long EWTN’s show BOOKMARK has been re-airing episodes dealing with books by Scott Hahn.  The two most recent re-airs dealt with his textbook UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURE and his book  TRANSFORMED BY GRACE: SCRIPTURE, SACRAMENTS, AND THE SONSHIP OF CHRIST.

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURE was designed as a high school/college level introduction to the Scripture.  It forms the basis for an excellent 30 part podcast by Carson Weber.  You can listen to Dr. Hahn talking about this work here.

I am unfamiliar with the second book, but you can hear Dr. Hahn speak of it here.

Some of Dr. Hahn’s more academic articles can be read here.  These include some outstanding articles published in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

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Frederick Copleston’s History of Philosophy Online

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 28, 2009

A few months ago I posted about the fact that two volumes of Copleston’s famous work were available online; today I found out that more volumes are posted.  Below is the first volume, and beneath this links to the others.

Volume 2.  Medieval Philosophy from Augustine to Duns Scotus.
Volume 3.  Late Medieval Philosophy and Renaissance Philosophy.
Volume 4.  Modern Philosophy From Descarte to Leibniz.
Volume 5.  Modern Philosophy From Hobbes to Hume.
Volume 6.  Modern Philosophy From The French Enlightenment to Kant.
Volume 7.  Modern Philosophy From Post-Kantian Idealists to Nietzsche.
Volume 8.  Modern Philosophy, Empiricism, Idealism, and Pragmatism, from Britain and America.
Volume 9.  Modern Philosophy From French Revolution to Levi-Strauss.

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Video:A Study of Romans (Introduction in 5 segments)

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 26, 2009

A bit too liberal for my liking but still some useful stuffThere are quite a number of videos in this whole series, and I’ll be posting them all over the next several days.

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Lust, Errors, and Shared Themes

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 26, 2009

No, this post is not an expose of the “goings on” in the Senate or Congress ; it’s the latest podcast from St Irenaeus Ministries.  This is the 8th installment in the series “Second Peter, Jude, and the Christian Apocalyptic”.  Here is what this installment is about:

In verses 6 and 7, Jude identifies the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah as unnatural lust, and not just in-hospitality. Although the ancient world had no real equivalent to the modern conception of sexual preference, it cannot be said that the Bible has no preference regarding sexuality.

Throughout the passage here and later on in verse 14 there is a reference to the apocryphal book of Enoch (verse 14 goes as far as quoting the book) and the ”sons of God” in Genesis 6. It is unclear what Jude thinks of the book as a whole (the Church eventually rejected it from the canon), but he seems to think the verse he cited was a prophecy.

Jude then speaks against those false teachers who have ”reviled whatever they do not understand,” and who ”follow their own lusts” and flatter ”people to gain advantage.” These worldly people are devoid of the Holy Spirit.

It is notable that Jude refers to Moses and Enoch, both of whom were assumed into Heaven, and that both Sodom and Gomorrah and Korah’s rebellion are cases where the Earth opened up to swallow up something into Hell. Much of the language here is similar or identical to that in 2 Peter, suggesting that these authors are consulting a common source (an apostolic memo, perhaps).

The closing theme is Gerard Satamian’s Chansons Sans Paroles Op. 2 Pastorale, from the album Dry Fig Trees.

Previous Installments:

1.  2 Peter: Introduction.

2.  2 Peter: A Map For Spiritual Progress.

3.  2 Peter: False Teachers (beginning).

4.  2 Peter: False Teachers (continued).

5.  2 Peter: Scoffers.

6.  2 Peter: The Coming Of The Lord.

7.  Jude: Introduction, False Teachers.

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Obama Lust Leads To Obamagasims

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 25, 2009

The media’s sycophancy towards Obama continues, even as the numbers of both our Socialist and Chief, and his pimps continue to plummet.  For Obama see here.  For the pimps just search for their names with the words “approval rating”.

Some examples of media pimps achieving an obamagasim:

Sycophant Katie Couric.

Sycophant CBS.

Michael D. Shear, Washington Post.

A cornucopia of media blatherings.

The Anti-Sycopants: apparently media darling and anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan has become a media liability.  Naughty, naughty, Cindy.  Mustn’t besmirched the messiah.

Team Obama Defends Media Against Charge of Racism.   Off course the media isn’t racist.  Everybody who disagrees with Obama is; just asks the Obama pimping media.   Actually, I threw this in to give you some idea of what our governor is like.

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Podcast on Amos 1:1

Posted by Dim Bulb on August 24, 2009

He plugs my site!  That was nice of him.  Click HERE.

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